Supergirl‘s Rhea and Lena might seem like an unlikely duo at first, but if you strip away the ladies’ stoic exteriors, their potential partnership actually makes perfect sense.
“Lena has just suffered a great deal of loss; she lost her brother, she just lost Jack and she’s in a very fragile emotional state,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg reminds TVLine. “What she could really use is a mother, and her own mother is sadly not up to the task. So along comes Rhea, who’s eager to fill the role of the supportive mother. They become this newfound family, as Rhea’s needing to be a mother, and Lena is needing to be mothered.”
Following last week’s end-of-hour meeting, Rhea will continue to sink her claws into Lena on Monday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c). And although Kreisberg can’t say exactly what Mon-El’s menacing mother is up to, he promises that it will have major repercussions for Kara and Lena’s friendship as we head towards the show’s May 22 season finale.
“[Kara and Lena’s] loyalty to each other is certainly put to the test,” he says. “Lena is very firmly on Kara Danvers’ side, but is she on Supergirl’s side? That’s an interesting question that gets asked. We love their relationship, and we think they’re great together. We have some great plans for next season in terms of exploring that relationship and having it travel in new places.”
Also on the chopping block: “Karamel”!
“By design, [Kara and Mon-El] have always had this tumultuous relationship, but they finally settled into a good place,” Kreisberg says. “His parents definitely complicated things for the two of them, but now they seem even more firmly committed to each other, thinking that Rhea has left the planet. Little do they know, she’s up to something sneaky. One thing we’ll ask is: Where exactly do Mon-El’s loyalties lie? He’s already made the decision to stick with Kara over his family, but is he going to be able to abide by that as Rhea’s plans unfolds?
And here’s one final note on Rhea: You can, sadly, stop holding your breath waiting for former Lois & Clark stars Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain to share the screen.
“Storywise, it became difficult to make that happen, much to my, Dean and Teri’s dismay,” Kreisberg says. “There’s an episode in which they both appeared, and even though they weren’t in any scenes together, just to see their names together in the credits blew my mind.”
Supergirl fans, what do you suspect Rhea is cooking up in that crazy little head of hers?
Name: Drossel Keinz Height: 170 cm ⚜️ He was reanimated and transformed into a living doll by Ash Landers. ⚜️ He distributed the Hope Diamond to his victims before abducting them and turning them into his dolls. ⚜️ He carries a music box with a fleur-de-lis that plays “London Bridge”. ⚜️ His dolls appear to have been made in the same fashion and progression as “London Bridge”, with some of his own alterations to the lyrics. ⚜️ Reapers become involved due to his soul having been already collected, but his body still living. ⚜️ In life, he was a puppeteer. As a doll, he can use and manipulate puppet strings at will. He demonstrates this by controlling Elizabeth Midford and forcing her to battle against Ciel Phantomhive. ⚜️ The shop where he sells his dolls is called “Angel’s Wing Antiques”. ⚜️ He forces his dying body to return to his master, Ash Landers, to inform him of the manor’s invasion. ⚜️ He does all that he can to please his master, although it appears that Ash does not care whatsoever for Drossel. ⚜️ He did not know he was a doll, nor did he know he had been dead for 5 years. ⚜️ He is killed once and for all by Sebastian Michaelis with an axe. ⚜️ The origin of his name appears to come from the dollmaker Drosselmeyer, from the classic “The Nutcracker”. ⚜️ His name has also been spelled as “Drocell Caines”. ⚜️ He himself is made from wood and straw. ⚜️ He believes Ciel Phantomhive to be immensely beautiful, and had said as a doll he would be crafted from silver and gold.
I look inside myself and see my heart is black I see my red door I must have it painted black Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts It’s not easy facing up when your whole world is black
Michael Caine and Natalie Wood, reading. Photographed by Billy Ray, 1966.
For Bill Ray, his most striking memory is, unsurprisingly, Wood herself — or, more specifically, her singular beauty. “She was divine,” Ray told LIFE.com. “Really. She was divine to look at, and to photograph. She had that wonderful face, a great body, those amazing eyes — just a beautiful young woman, and a lot of fun to be around.”